Mozzie mad­ness

A new out­break of tiger mos­qui­tos has res­i­dents com­plain­ing, town halls ask­ing the re­gional gov­ern­ment for help and farm­ers hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties car­ry­ing out their work

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By Joe Wick­man SEV­ERAL Castellón towns are plead­ing the re­gional gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion and help fight the tiger mosquito plague that is cur­rently af­fect­ing res­i­dents.

For over a week, res­i­dents of Castellón’s Plana Baja district have been com­plain­ing about a sud­den in­crease in tiger mos­qui­tos, whose bite is painful and a nui­sance to deal with.

Nules, Mon­cofa, Bur­ri­ana and Vil­lar­real have been the most af­fected towns in this re­gard, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives ex­plain­ing that even though they are car­ry­ing out lo­calised ac­tions on the ground, fur­ther sup­port is needed as there are aban­doned plots of land on the out­skirts that they can’t ac­cess but also need fu­mi­gat­ing.

They filed a re­quest for aerial sup­port this week, but on Tues­day the re­gional gov­ern­ment turned it down, say­ing that “in the marshes few ar­eas with wa­ter were de­tected, and where there was, live lar­vae were not de­tected. Fur­ther­more, we ver­i­fied that there are few ac­tive mosquito hubs and those that do ex­ist are hid­den within the veg- eta­tion of crops”.

Nules mayor David Gar­cía coun­tered that ‘they man­age the sit­u­a­tion from their of­fices, not on the ground (…). I in­vite them to spend an hour in town, next to our res­i­dents, to they un­der­stand what is hap­pen­ing th­ese days’. Mean­while, Bur­ri­ana may­oress Maria Josep Sa­font alerted that chil­dren’s foot­ball prac­tices are be­ing can­celled due to an over­whelm­ing pres­ence of th­ese in­sects, and ex­plained that it is a mat­ter of ‘pub­lic health’. Lastly, the re- gional farm­ing as­so­ci­a­tion has also alerted they re­ceived ‘nu­mer­ous com­plaints’ in pre­vi­ous days, and that ‘the sit­u­a­tion in the fields is un­sus­tain­able. Ac­tions can’t be lim­ited to ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments.’

Tiger mosquito

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